Pancreatic Cancer Overview

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Survival rates for pancreatic cancer

Some people with cancer may want to know the survival rates for their type of cancer. Others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. Whether or not you want to read about survival rates is up to you. If you decide you do not want to know them, stop reading here and skip to the next section.

The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer was found. Also, people with pancreatic cancer can die of other things. These rates, called observed survival rates, don’t take that into account.

In order to get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a better outlook for people now being found with cancer of the pancreas.

    Stage

    5-year observed survival

    Stage IA:

    14%

    Stage IB

    12%

    Stage IIA

    7%

    Stage IIB

    5%

    Stage III

    3%

    Stage IV

    1%

These numbers provide an overall picture, but keep in mind that every person's situation is unique and the statistics can’t predict exactly what will happen in your case. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your own chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.


Last Medical Review: 02/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014